As the All-Star Break approaches, the rumor monster will awaken from its slumber. As the monster frantically spews it’s rumors across the baseball world, several Mariners are sure to be caught in the fanatical chaos.
Since 2001 all Mariners fans have known at the top of the lineup is Ichiro Suzuki. We have enjoyed year-in and year-out 200 hit seasons. We have witnessed a numerous awards and the breaking of records. But all of those occurrences are things of the past and the Ichiro of current is a shell of his former self. Looks don’t look to be on the up and up for the Japanese import either. The team is getting younger and younger, and as Ichiro’s production continues to slip, Wedge continues to find ways to get him out of the lineup. For the first time in several years, the Mariners may seriously be considering finding Ichiro a new home.
It would be incredibly hard to let go of what has been the face of the franchise for quite some time, but as the youth movement continues its stampede through Seattle, Ichiro could be aging his way off this team. Would you do it?
Could you do it?